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Content related to sustainability education at PSU, especially coursework and experiential learning.

Calling all sustainability stars for PSU’s 10th Sustainability Celebration

A decade ago Portland State’s sustainability community gathered at the first ever PSU Sustainability Celebration to recognize accomplishments from the year and build momentum to advance these efforts. That original community—a mere handful of people—has multiplied exponentially over the years, with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff now gathering annually for this one-a-year extravaganza of inspiration.

Sustainability courses: Spring 2017

From Black and Chicano/Latino Studies to Engineering and Technology Management, sustainability courses at Portland State University span dozens of subject areas.

Check out the list below to see what sustainability courses are being offered spring 2017. Find dates and times for courses and register for spring 2017 starting February 20.

Institute for Sustainable Solutions Impact Report 2016

At the beginning of this new year, we at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions would like to reflect on recent accomplishments of our students, faculty, and community partners, and offer inspiration as we look ahead to 2017. With the support of our many partners, we made great strides last year to address some of our region’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Read highlights and inspiring stories from the 2015-16 academic year in our Impact Report 2016.

My journey through wilderness, from Chile to Portland

The following essay was written by PSU student Andrea Good during a writing course called Wilderness History in America taught by Paul Lask. 

New book provides toolbox for campus-community collaboration on sustainability efforts

Portland State’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” speaks to the value the University places on engagement with its community and region. A recently released book by the same name describes the multi-faceted process of building sustainability programs at Portland State University—programs that rely on strong university-community relationships and a two-way pipeline of knowledge development and exchange.

Faculty convene for workshop on PSU sustainability programs

Last Wednesday, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions held a half-day workshop to introduce PSU faculty to the Institute’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), Living Lab program, and

Highlights from a year of sustainability awesomeness (SLIDESHOW + VIDEO)

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the 9th Annual PSU Sustainability Celebration last week. It was an amazing party and featured the achievements from what has been an exciting year in sustainability on campus and in our Portland community. 

Class hits the road in study of Northwest Superfund sites

This spring Melanie Malone, Diana Denham and Mary Ann Rozance, PhD students from PSU's IGERT program—a National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary program focused on studying ecosystem services for urbanizing regions—offered a unique interdisciplinary course on urban rivers.

Affordable housing, garden commodes + a pop-up porch: Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative spring roster

This spring, the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) is working with 10 classes to connect students with community partners to explore local sustainability issues. The SNI facilitates collaborations with community partners and organizations to provide community-based learning for students. These opportunities provide students hands-on opportunities to learn while adding capacity to local organizations. What will students be up this spring? Read on for the details.

Grant writing for a more livable Lents: A senior capstone experience

This past winter term, I finished my senior capstone in Celine Fitzmaurice’s Grant Writing for Environmental Advocacy. Over the course of the term, students in the class delved into the intricacies of the grant writing process, from finding a suitable funder, to working with the grant-seeking organization to refine its concept of the community need it seeks to meet, to assembling a thorough and complete grant proposal.